MBA (General)

Intakes: October and February

Duration: 1 year full-time

Awarding Body: University of Bolton

UCAS code: 7101


The General MBA programme aims to help students build a current understanding of management and to enable students to develop and improve their practice of managing.

The programme concentrates on professional development in a wide variety of business areas such as finance, operations management, marketing, business strategy and leadership.

The programme is designed for managers with a wide array of responsibilities and students wanting to enhance their knowledge and skills in diverse aspects of business and management.

The MBA General programme consists of an option module where students can choose between International Business Strategy, Applied Accounting Techniques and Innovation Management.

Entry requirements

Second-class bachelor’s degree.

1 academic and 1 employer reference.

Applicants require a minimum of 2 years post-graduation work experience in a managerial or professional role.

We welcome applications from international students and from those with non-traditional educational or professional qualifications, who shall be considered on their own merits.

International applicants whose first language is not English require an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each unit.

Learning and assesment

These figures give an indication of how students learn and are assessed across the whole course. The weighting may vary from module to module.




First semester

  • Managing Corporate Finance

  • Managing Operations and Processes

  • Research Methods

Plus one of the following three modules:

  • Applied Accounting Techniques

  • Innovation Management

  • International Business Strategy

Second semester

  • Business Strategy

  • Leadership and People Management

  • Strategic Marketing

  • Sustainable Business

Third semester

  • Dissertation


For further information, please contact the Admission Office.

The MBA programme is carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The MBA is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals.

Obtaining an MBA will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA will improve management practice and equip you with essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to assist your industry and achieving your organisations objectives. You will think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will learn to think and operate differently which is essential in today's global business arena.

The MBA  is great for networking. Throughout the programme, you will study alongside professionals from a range of organisations, industries and countries exchanging experiences, insights and best practice. You will join a community of influential tutors, business professionals and MBA alumni. Current staff and past MBA students from this university span the globe and offer extensive, diverse, cross cultural business experiences.

All aspects of the programme emphasis the interface between theory and business practice. While individual modules may focus on specific functional issues, teaching, learning and assessment on the programme is designed to ensure the consideration of business issues (such as CSR, ethics, entrepreneurship and global competencies) as integrated across topic areas.

The educational aims of the programme are to develop cognitive, critical, intellectual and relevant personal and interpersonal skills. Assessment methods in the programme include written reports, written essays, time constrained tests and group presentations.